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I said naught, but took Kurban Sahib's glasses from his greasy hands and

cleaned them with a silk handkerchief and returned them to their case.

Sikander Khan told me that he had been the first man in the Zenab valley

to use glasses--whereby he finished two blood-feuds cleanly in the course

of three months' leave. But he was otherwise a liar.

That day Kurban Sahib, with some ten troopers, was sent on to spy the land

for our camp. The _Durro Muts_ moved slowly at that time. They were

weighted with grain and forage and carts, and they greatly wished to leave

these all in Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница some town and go on light to other business which pressed. So

Kurban Sahib sought a short cut for them, a little off the line of march.

We were twelve miles before the main body, and we came to a house under a

high bushed hill, with a nullah, which they call a donga, behind it, and

an old sangar of piled stones, which they call a kraal, before it. Two

thorn bushes grew on either side of the door, like babul bushes, covered

with a golden coloured bloom, and the roof was all of thatch. Before the

house was a valley of stones Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница that rose to another bush-covered hill. There

was an old man in the verandah--an old man with a white beard and a wart

upon the left side of his neck; and a fat woman with the eyes of a swine

and the jowl of a swine; and a tall young man deprived of understanding.

His head was hairless, no larger than an orange, and the pits of his

nostrils were eaten away by a disease. He laughed and slavered and he

sported sportively before Kurban Sahib. The man brought coffee and the

woman showed us _purwanas_ from three General Sahibs, certifying Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница that they

were people of peace and goodwill. Here are the _purwanas_, Sahib. Does

the Sahib know the Generals who signed them?

They swore the land was empty of Boer-log. They held up their hands and

swore it. That was about the time of the evening meal. I stood near the

verandah with Sikander Khan, who was nosing like a jackal on a lost scent.

At last he took my arm and said, "See yonder! There is the sun on the

window of the house that signalled last night. This house can see that

house from here," and he looked at the hill behind him all hairy Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница with

bushes, and sucked in his breath. Then the idiot with the shrivelled head

danced by me and threw back that head, and regarded the roof and laughed

like a hyena, and the fat woman talked loudly, as it were, to cover some

noise. After this passed I to the back of the house on pretence to get

water for tea, and I saw fresh fresh horse-dung on the ground, and that

the ground was cut with the new marks of hoofs; and there had dropped in

the dirt one cartridge. Then Kurban Sahib called to me in our tongue,

saying, "Is Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница this a good place to make tea?" and I replied, knowing what he

meant, "There are over many cooks in the cook-house. Mount and go, Child."

Then I returned, and he said, smiling to the woman, "Prepare food, and

when we have loosened our girths we will come in and eat;" but to his men

he said in a whisper, "Ride away!" No. He did not cover the old man or the

fat woman with his rifle. That was not his custom. Some fool of the _Durro

Muts_, being hungry, raised his voice to dispute the order to flee, and

before we were in our saddles many Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница shots came from the roof--from rifles

thrust through the thatch. Upon this we rode across the valley of stones,

and men fired at us from the nullah behind the house, and from the hill

behind the nullah, as well as from the roof of the house--so many shots

that it sounded like a drumming in the hills. Then Sikandar Khan, riding

low, said, "This play is not for us alone, but for the rest of the _Durro

Muts_," and I said, "Be quiet. Keep place!" for his place was behind me,

and I rode behind Kurban Sahib. But these new bullets will Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница pass through

five men arow! We were not hit--not one of us--and we reached the hill of

rocks and scattered among the stones, and Kurban Sahib turned in his

saddle and said, "Look at the old man!" He stood in the verandah firing

swiftly with a gun, the woman beside him and the idiot also--both with



guns. Kurban Sahib laughed, and I caught him by the wrist, but--his fate

was written at that hour. The bullet passed under my arm-pit and struck

him in the liver, and I pulled him backward between two great rocks atilt

--Kurban Sahib, my Kurban Sahib! From Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница the nullah behind the house and from

the hills came our Boer-log in number more than a hundred, and Sikandar

Khan said, "_Now_ we see the meaning of last night's signal. Give me the

rifle." He took Kurban Sahib's rifle--in this war of fools only the

doctors carry swords--and lay belly-flat to the work, but Kurban Sahib

turned where he lay and said, "Be still. It is a Sahibs' war," and Kurban

Sahib put up his hand--thus; and then his eyes rolled on me, and I gave

him water that he might pass the more quickly Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница. And at the drinking his

Spirit received permission....

Thus went our fight, Sahib. We _Durro Muts_ were on a ridge working from

the north to the south, where lay our main body, and the Boer-log lay in a

valley working from east to west. There were more than a hundred, and our

men were ten, but they held the Boer-log in the valley while they swiftly

passed along the ridge to the south. I saw three Boers drop in the open.

Then they all hid again and fired heavily at the rocks that hid our men;

but our men were clever and did not show Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница, but moved away and away, always

south; and the noise of the battle withdrew itself southward, where we

could hear the sound of big guns. So it fell stark dark, and Sikandar Khan

found a deep old jackal's earth amid rocks, into which we slid the body of

Kurban Sahib upright. Sikandar Khan took his glasses, and I took his

handkerchief and some letters and a certain thing which I knew hung round

his neck, and Sikandar Khan is witness that I wrapped them all in the

handkerchief. Then we took an oath together, and lay still and mourned for

Kurban Sahib. Sikandar Khan Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница wept till daybreak--even he, a Pathan, a

Mohammedan! All that night we heard firing to the southward, and when the

dawn broke the valley was full of Boer-log in carts and on horses. They

gathered by the house, as we could see through Kurban Sahib's glasses, and

the old man, who, I take it, was a priest, blessed them, and preached the

holy war, waving his arm; and the fat woman brought coffee; and the idiot

capered among them and kissed their horses. Presently they went away in

haste; they went over the hills and were not; and a black slave came out

and Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница washed the door-sills with bright water. Sikandar Khan saw through the

glasses that the stain was blood, and he laughed, saying, "Wounded men lie

there. We shall yet get vengeance."

About noon we saw a thin, high smoke to the southward, such a smoke as a

burning house will make in sunshine, and Sikandar Khan, who knows how to

take a bearing across a hill, said, "At last we have burned the house of

the pumpkin-seller whence they signalled." And I said: "What need now that

they have slain my child? Let me mourn." It was a high smoke, and the old

man Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница, as I saw, came out into the verandah to behold it, and shook his

clenched hands at it. So we lay till the twilight, foodless and without

water, for we had vowed a vow neither to eat nor to drink till we had

accomplished the matter. I had a little opium left, of which I gave

Sikandar Khan the half, because he loved Kurban Sahib. When it was full

dark we sharpened our sabres upon a certain softish rock which, mixed with

water, sharpens steel well, and we took off our boots and we went down to

the house and looked through the windows very softly. The old Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница man sat

reading in a book, and the woman sat by the hearth; and the idiot lay on

the floor with his head against her knee, and he counted his fingers and

laughed, and she laughed again. So I knew they were mother and son, and I

laughed, too, for I had suspected this when I claimed her life and her

body from Sikandar Khan, in our discussion of the spoil. Then we entered

with bare swords.... Indeed, these Boer-log do not understand the steel,

for the old man ran towards a rifle in the corner; but Sikandar Khan

prevented him with a Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница blow of the flat across the hands, and he sat down

and held up his hands, and I put my fingers on my lips to signify they

should be silent. But the woman cried, and one stirred in an inner room,

and a door opened, and a man, bound about the head with rags, stood

stupidly fumbling with a gun. His whole head fell inside the door, and

none followed him. It was a very pretty stroke--for a Pathan. They then

were silent, staring at the head upon the floor, and I said to Sikandar

Khan, "Fetch ropes! Not even for Kurban Sahib's sake will Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница I defile my

sword." So he went to seek and returned with three long leather ones, and

said, "Four wounded lie within, and doubtless each has a permit from a

General," and he stretched the ropes and laughed. Then I bound the old

man's hands behind his back, and unwillingly--for he laughed in my face,

and would have fingered my beard--the idiot's. At this the woman with the

swine's eyes and the jowl of a swine ran forward, and Sikandar Khan said,

"Shall I strike or bind? She was thy property on the division." And I

said, "Refrain! I have Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница made a chain to hold her. Open the door." I pushed

out the two across the verandah into the darker shade of the thorn-trees,

and she followed upon her knees and lay along the ground, and pawed at my

boots and howled. Then Sikandar Khan bore out the lamp, saying that he was

a butler and would light the table, and I looked for a branch that would

bear fruit. But the woman hindered me not a little with her screechings

and plungings, and spoke fast in her tongue, and I replied in my tongue,

"I am childless to-night because of thy Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница perfidy, and _my_ child was

praised among men and loved among women. He would have begotten men--not

animals. Thou hast more years to live than I, but my grief is the

greater."

I stooped to make sure the noose upon the idiot's neck, and flung the end

over the branch, and Sikandar Khan held up the lamp that she might well

see. Then appeared suddenly, a little beyond the light of the lamp, the

spirit of Kurban Sahib. One hand he held to his side, even where the

bullet had struck him, and the other he put forward thus, and said, "No.

It is Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница a Sahibs' war." And I said, "Wait a while, Child, and thou shalt

sleep." But he came nearer, riding, as it were, upon my eyes, and said,

"No. It is a Sahibs' war." And Sikandar Khan said, "Is it too heavy?" and

set down the lamp and came to me; and as he turned to tally on the rope,

the spirit of Kurban Sahib stood up within arm's reach of us, and his face

was very angry, and a third time he said, "No. It is a Sahibs' war." And a

little wind blew out the lamp, and I heard Sikandar Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница Khan's teeth chatter

in his head.

So we stayed side by side, the ropes in our hand, a very long while, for

we could not shape any words. Then I heard Sikandar Khan open his water-

bottle and drink; and when his mouth was slaked he passed to me and said,

"We are absolved from our vow." So I drank, and together we waited for the

dawn in that place where we stood--the ropes in our hand. A little after

third cockcrow we heard the feet of horses and gun wheels very far off,

and so soon as the light came a Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница shell burst on the threshold of the house,

and the roof of the verandah that was thatched fell in and blazed before

the windows. And I said, "What of the wounded Boer-log within?" And

Sikandar Khan said, "We have heard the order. It is a Sahibs' war. Stand

still." Then came a second shell--good line, but short--and scattered dust

upon us where we stood; and then came ten of the little quick shells from

the gun that speaks like a stammerer--yes, pompom the Sahibs call it--and

the face of the house folded down like the nose and the chin of Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница an old man

mumbling, and the forefront of the house lay down. Then Sikandar Khan

said, "If it be the fate of the wounded to die in the fire, _I_ shall not

prevent it." And he passed to the back of the house and presently came

back, and four wounded Boer-log came after him, of whom two could not walk

upright. And I said, "What hast thou done?" And he said, "I have neither

spoken to them nor laid hand on them. They follow in hope of mercy." And I

said, "It is a Sahibs' war. Let them wait the Sahibs' mercy." So they lay

still, the Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница four men and the idiot, and the fat woman under the thorn-tree,

and the house burned furiously. Then began the known sound of cartouches

in the roof--one or two at first; then a trill, and last of all one loud

noise and the thatch blew here and there, and the captives would have

crawled aside on account of the heat that was withering the thorn-trees,

and on account of wood and bricks flying at random. But I said, "Abide!

Abide! Ye be Sahibs, and this is a Sahibs' war, O Sahibs. There is no

order that ye should depart Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница from this war." They did not understand my

words. Yet they abode and they lived.

Presently rode down five troopers of Kurban Sahib's command, and one I

knew spoke my tongue, having sailed to Calcutta often with horses. So I

told him all my tale, using bazaar-talk, such as his kidney of Sahib would

understand; and at the end I said, "An order has reached us here from the

dead that this is a Sahibs' war. I take the soul of my Kurban Sahib to

witness that I give over to the justice of the Sahibs these Sahibs who

have made me childless." Then Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница I gave him the ropes and fell down

senseless, my heart being very full, but my belly was empty, except for

the little opium.

They put me into a cart with one of their wounded, and after a while I

understood that they had fought against the Boer-log for two days and two

nights. It was all one big trap, Sahib, of which we, with Kurban Sahib,

saw no more than the outer edge. They were very angry, the _Durro Muts_--

very angry indeed. I have never seen Sahibs so angry. They buried my

Kurban Sahib with the rites of his Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница faith upon the top of the ridge

overlooking the house, and I said the proper prayers of the faith, and

Sikandar Khan prayed in his fashion and stole five signalling-candles,

which have each three wicks, and lighted the grave as if it had been the

grave of a saint on a Friday. He wept very bitterly all that night, and I

wept with him, and he took hold of my feet and besought me to give him a

remembrance from Kurban Sahib. So I divided equally with him one of Kurban

Sahib's handkerchiefs--not the silk ones, for those were given him by a

certain woman Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница; and I also gave him a button from a coat, and a little

steel ring of no value that Kurban Sahib used for his keys, and he kissed

them and put them into his bosom. The rest I have here in that little

bundle, and I must get the baggage from the hotel in Cape Town--some four

shirts we sent to be washed, for which we could not wait when we went

up-country--and I must give them all to my Colonel-Sahib at Sialkote in the

Punjab. For my child is dead--my baba is dead!... I would have come away

before; there was Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница no need to stay, the child being dead; but we were far

from the rail, and the _Durro Muts_ were as brothers to me, and I had come

to look upon Sikandar Khan as in some sort a friend, and he got me a horse

and I rode up and down with them; but the life had departed. God knows

what they called me--orderly, _chaprassi_ (messenger), cook, sweeper, I

did not know nor care. But once I had pleasure. We came back in a month

after wide circles to that very valley. I knew it every stone, and I went

up to the grave, and Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница a clever Sahib of the _Durro Muts_ (we left a troop

there for a week to school those people with _purwanas_) had cut an

inscription upon a great rock; and they interpreted it to me, and is was a

jest such as Kurban Sahib himself would have loved. Oh! I have the

inscription well copied here. Read it aloud, Sahib, and I will explain the

jests. There are two very good ones. Begin, Sahib:--

In Memory of

WALTER DECIES CORBYN

Late Captain 141st Punjab Cavalry

The Gurgaon Rissala, that is. Go on, Sahib.

Treacherously shot near this place by

The connivance of the late

HENDRIK DIRK UYS

A Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница Minister of God

Who thrice took the oath of neutrality

And Piet his son,

This little work

Aha! This is the first jest. The Sahib should see this little work!

Was accomplished in partial

And inadequate recognition of their loss

By some men who loved him

_Si monumentum requiris circumspice_

That is the second jest. It signifies that those who would desire to

behold a proper memorial to Kurban Sahib must look out at the house. And,

Sahib, the house is not there, nor the well, nor the big tank which they

call dams, nor the little fruit-trees, nor the cattle. There is nothing

at all, Sahib, except Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница the two trees withered by the fire. The rest is

like the desert here--or my hand--or my heart. Empty, Sahib--all empty!

"THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS"

THE WET LITANY

When the water's countenance

Blurrs 'twixt glance and second glance;

When the tattered smokes forerun

Ashen 'neath a silvered sun;

When the curtain of the haze

Shuts upon our helpless ways--

Hear the Channel Fleet at sea;

_Libera nos domine_!

When the engines' bated pulse

Scarcely thrills the nosing hulls;

When the wash along the side

Sounds, a sudden, magnified

When the intolerable blast

Marks each blindfold minute passed.

When the fog-buoy's squattering flight

Guides us through Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница the haggard night;

When the warning bugle blows;

When the lettered doorways close;

When our brittle townships press,

Impotent, on emptiness.

When the unseen leadsmen lean

Questioning a deep unseen;

When their lessened count they tell

To a bridge invisible;

When the hid and perilous

Cliffs return our cry to us.

When the treble thickness spread

Swallows up our next-ahead;

When her siren's frightened whine

Shows her sheering out of line;

When, her passage undiscerned,

We must turn where she has turned--

Hear the Channel Fleet at sea;

_Libera nos Domine_!

"THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS"

PART I

... "And a security for such Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница as pass on the seas upon

their lawful occasions."--_Navy Prayer_.

Disregarding the inventions of the Marine Captain, whose other name is

Gubbins, let a plain statement suffice.

H.M.S. _Caryatid_ went to Portland to join Blue Fleet for manoeuvres. I

travelled overland from London by way of Portsmouth, where I fell among

friends. When I reached Portland, H.M.S. _Caryatid_, whose guest I was to

have been, had, with Blue Fleet, already sailed for some secret rendezvous

off the west coast of Ireland, and Portland breakwater was filled with Red

Fleet, my official enemies and joyous acquaintances, who received me with

unstinted hospitality. For example, Lieutenant Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница-Commander A.L. Hignett, in

charge of three destroyers, _Wraith, Stiletto_, and _Kobbold_, due to

depart at 6 P.M. that evening, offered me a berth on his thirty-knot

flagship, but I preferred my comforts, and so accepted sleeping-room in

H.M.S. _Pedantic_ (15,000 tons), leader of the second line. After dining

aboard her I took boat to Weymouth to get my kit aboard, as the

battleships would go to war at midnight. In transferring my allegiance

from Blue to Red Fleet, whatever the Marine Captain may say, I did no

wrong. I truly intended to return to the _Pedantic_ and help to fight Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница Blue

Fleet. All I needed was a new toothbrush, which I bought from a chemist in

a side street at 9:15 P. M. As I turned to go, one entered seeking

alleviation of a gum-boil. He was dressed in a checked ulster, a black

silk hat three sizes too small, cord-breeches, boots, and pure brass

spurs. These he managed painfully, stepping like a prisoner fresh from

leg-irons. As he adjusted the pepper-plaster to the gum the light fell on

his face, and I recognised Mr. Emanuel Pyecroft, late second-class petty

officer of H.M.S. _Archimandrite_, an unforgettable man, met a year Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница before

under Tom Wessel's roof in Plymouth. It occurred to me that when a petty

officer takes to spurs he may conceivably meditate desertion. For that

reason I, though a taxpayer, made no sign. Indeed, it was Mr. Pyecroft,

following me out of the shop, who said hollowly: "What might you be doing

here?"

"I'm going on manoeuvres in the _Pedantic_," I replied.

"Ho!" said Mr. Pyecroft. "An' what manner o' manoeuvres d'you expect to

see in a blighted cathedral like the _Pedantic_? _I_ know 'er. I knew her

in Malta, when the _Vulcan_ was her permanent tender. Manoeuvres! You

won't see more Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница than 'Man an' arm watertight doors!' in your little woollen

undervest."

"I'm sorry for that."

"Why?" He lurched heavily as his spurs caught and twanged like tuning-

forks. "War's declared at midnight. _Pedantics_ be sugared! Buy an 'am an'

see life!"

For the moment I fancied Mr. Pyecroft, a fugitive from justice, purposed

that we two should embrace a Robin Hood career in the uplands of Dorset.

The spurs troubled me, and I made bold to say as much. "Them!" he said,

coming to an intricate halt. "They're part of the _prima facie_ evidence.

But as for Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница me--let me carry your bag--I'm second in command, leadin'-hand,

cook, steward, an' lavatory man, with a few incidentals for sixpence a day

extra, on No. 267 torpedo-boat."

"They wear spurs there?"

"Well," said Mr. Peycroft, "seein' that Two Six Seven belongs to Blue

Fleet, which left the day before yesterday, disguises are imperative. It

transpired thus. The Right Honourable Lord Gawd Almighty Admiral Master

Frankie Frobisher, K.C.B., commandin' Blue Fleet, can't be bothered with

one tin-torpedo-boat more or less; and what with lyin' in the Reserve four

years, an' what with the new kind o' tiffy which Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница cleans dynamos with

brick-dust and oil (Blast these spurs! They won't render!), Two Six

Seven's steam-gadgets was paralytic. Our Mr. Moorshed done his painstakin'

best--it's his first command of a war-canoe, matoor age nineteen (down

that alleyway, please!) but be that as it may, His Holiness Frankie is

aware of us crabbin' ourselves round the breakwater at five knots, an'

steerin' _pari passu_, as the French say. (Up this alley-way, please!) If

he'd given Mr. Hinchcliffe, our chief engineer, a little time, it would

never have transpired, for what Hinch can't drive he can coax Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница; but the new

port bein' a trifle cloudy, an' 'is joints tinglin' after a post-captain

dinner, Frankie come on the upper bridge seekin' for a sacrifice. We,

offerin' a broadside target, got it. He told us what 'is grandmamma, 'oo

was a lady an' went to sea in stick-and string-batteaus, had told him

about steam. He throwed in his own prayers for the 'ealth an' safety of

all steam-packets an' their officers. Then he give us several distinct

orders. The first few--I kept tally--was all about going to Hell; the next

many was about not evolutin' in his company, when there; an Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница' the last all

was simply repeatin' the motions in quick time. Knowin' Frankie's groovin'

to be badly eroded by age and lack of attention, I didn't much panic; but

our Mr. Moorshed, 'e took it a little to heart. Me an' Mr. Hinchcliffe

consoled 'im as well as service conditions permits of, an' we had a

_rйsumй_-supper at the back o' the Camber--secluded _an'_ lugubrious! Then

one thing leadin' up to another, an' our orders, except about anchorin'

where he's booked for, leavin' us a clear 'orizon, Number Two Six Seven is

now--mind the edge of the Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница wharf--here!"

By mysterious doublings he had brought me out on to the edge of a narrow

strip of water crowded with coastwise shipping that runs far up into

Weymouth town. A large foreign timber-brig lay at my feet, and under the

round of her stern cowered, close to the wharf-edge, a slate-coloured,

unkempt, two-funnelled craft of a type--but I am no expert--between the

first-class torpedo-boat and the full-blooded destroyer. From her archaic

torpedo-tubes at the stern, and quick-firers forward and amidship, she

must have dated from the early nineties. Hammerings and clinkings, with

spurts of Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница steam and fumes of hot oil, arose from her inside, and a figure

in a striped jersey squatted on the engine-room gratings.

"She ain't much of a war-canoe, but you'll see more life in 'er than on an

whole squadron of bleedin' _Pedantics."_

"But she's laid up here--and Blue Fleet have gone," I protested.

"Precisely. Only, in his comprehensive orders Frankie didn't put us out of

action. Thus we're a non-neglectable fightin' factor which you mightn't

think from this elevation; _an'_ m'rover, Red Fleet don't know we're 'ere.

Most of Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница us"--he glanced proudly at his boots--"didn't run to spurs, but

we're disguised pretty devious, as you might say. Morgan, our signaliser,

when last seen, was a Dawlish bathing-machine proprietor. Hinchcliffe was

naturally a German waiter, and me you behold as a squire of low degree;

while yonder Levantine dragoman on the hatch is our Mr. Moorshed. He was

the second cutter's snotty--_my_ snotty--on the _Archimandrite_--two

years--Cape Station. Likewise on the West Coast, mangrove swampin', an'

gettin' the cutter stove in on small an' unlikely bars, an' manufacturin'

lies to correspond. What I don't Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница know about Mr. Moorshed is precisely the

same gauge as what Mr. Moorshed don't know about me--half a millimetre, as

you might say. He comes into awful opulence of his own when 'e's of age;

an' judgin' from what passed between us when Frankie cursed 'im, I don't

think 'e cares whether he's broke to-morrow or--the day after. Are you

beginnin' to follow our tatties? They'll be worth followin'. Or _are_ you

goin' back to your nice little cabin on the _Pedantic_--which I lay

they've just dismounted the third engineer out of--to Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling 6 страница eat four fat meals

per diem, an' smoke in the casement?"

The figure in the jersey lifted its head and mumbled.

"Yes, Sir," was Mr. Pyecroft's answer. "I 'ave ascertained that _Stiletto,

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